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Date: Tue, 23 Jul 2019 17:56:26 -0400
From: Josh <opihi...>
Subject: Re: [MassLep] need help with Id for this critter


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Hi Madison - the critter in your photo is a fishfly. I think, given the lat=
e date, it is probably safe to call it a Summer Fishfly (Chauliodes pectini=
cornis). It and the earlier-flying species overlap in June and early July, =
but I think only the later one would still be going now. They belong to the=
same family as the Dobsonflies, and have a similar life cycle: aquatic lar=
vae which are voracious predators, bizarre pupal stage that can crawl aroun=
d and acts basically like a wingless adult that likes damp areas, short-liv=
ed adults that don=E2=80=99t eat but just live off of the larva=E2=80=99s s=
tored fat while they mate, lay eggs, and die. Fishflies are much more commo=
n than Dobsonflies but much less well-known. They occur regularly around li=
ghts at night, but I=E2=80=99m not sure I=E2=80=99ve ever seen one during t=
he day; the camouflage shown in your photo might explain why!

Cheers,

Josh



Joshua S. Rose, Ph.D.
Amherst, MA

Webmaster, Hampshire Bird Club
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Northeast Chapter, Dragonfly Society of the Americas
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iceberry I planted 2 years ago. Yesterday was no exception, as I nearly m=
issed this incredibly well-camouflaged species, but despite a lengthy googl=
e search I couldn=E2=80=99t ID it. Hoping someone on this listserv can ass=
ist =E2=80=93 thanks!
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pace; -webkit-line-break: after-white-space;" class=3D""><div class=3D"">Hi=
Madison - the critter in your photo is a fishfly. I think, given the late =
date, it is probably safe to call it a Summer Fishfly (Chauliodes pectinico=
rnis). It and the earlier-flying species overlap in June and early July, bu=
t I think only the later one would still be going now. They belong to the s=
ame family as the Dobsonflies, and have a similar life cycle: aquatic larva=
e which are voracious predators, bizarre pupal stage that can crawl around =
and acts basically like a wingless adult that likes damp areas, short-lived=
adults that don=E2=80=99t eat but just live off of the larva=E2=80=99s sto=
red fat while they mate, lay eggs, and die. Fishflies are much more common =
than Dobsonflies but much less well-known. They occur regularly around ligh=
ts at night, but I=E2=80=99m not sure I=E2=80=99ve ever seen one during the=
day; the camouflage shown in your photo might explain why!</div><div class=
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adventure when it comes to my beloved Serviceberry I planted 2 years ago.&n=
bsp; Yesterday was no exception,&nbsp; as I nearly missed this incredibly w=
ell-camouflaged species, but despite a lengthy google search I couldn=E2=80=
=99t ID it.&nbsp; Hoping someone on this listserv can assist =E2=80=93 than=
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